Our success is built on strong management and a board bringing expertise from fields of philanthropy, business leadership and academia. All of our trustees share a passion to improve the welfare of children and young people and to invest in their future as members of a common community.
Chair: Sim Scavazza
Sim became a Trustee for Mentor in 2005 and has served as Chair since March 2007. She is a retail and fashion specialist with over 25 years in the clothing industry. Sim has worked in buying and merchandising for some of the leading retailers in the UK, including six years at the Arcadia Group where she was Brand Director of the much-loved Miss Selfridge fashion chain and instrumental in re-positioning the brand. A founding member of the ethical online retailer Adili.com, later Ascension, she was part of the team that launched the brand onto the Alternative Investment Market, raising funds from private investors and boutique venture capitalists. As a consultant, she has worked both internationally and in the UK for George at Asda and the Apparel Group, Australia. A speaker at the LCF Women in Enterprise Week, a member of the Government Fashion Summit and a judge at the prestigious Women of the Year Awards, Sim continues to speak about her experience in the fashion industry. Sim is a Governor at the University of the Arts London, comprising six creative arts campuses, including London College of Fashion, Central St Martins & Chelsea College of Art and Design. She also Chairs the UAL Personnel Committee and is Co-Chair of the LCF Gala Committee. Sim currently works at EF (Education First) in London, a world class provider of international education where she is establishing a merchandise division.
Vice Chair: Rachel Lee
Rachel has over 25 years' experience in senior supply chain and procurement roles, in the UK and Asia Pacific, spanning a number of industries including Facilities management, FMCG, Pharmaceutical, Retail, Manufacturing, Telecoms, IT and Airport management. Rachel is currently Group Procurement Director for Norland Managed Services where she has carried out a complete transformation of procurement practice and established the function as a critical business partner. Throughout her career, Rachel has led a number of companywide change programmes and re-engineered supply chains to improve organisational effectiveness and deliver tangible bottom line impact.
Kelly joined Mentor’s Board of Trustees in November 2015. Kelly has developed notable stakeholder engagement skills over seven years in the public sector. Kelly worked for Milton Keynes Council for three years as a Data and Performance Manager working on issues of community safety, before moving to roles in the Cabinet Office and Home Office. Kelly currently works as the private secretary and chief of staff for the Government Chief Commercial Officer, a senior management role in which she drives the Commercial Capability Programme and strategic development of the Government Commercial Function across departments and the rest of parliament.
Antonia de Gier
Antonia joined Mentor as a Trustee in October 2014. Antonia worked in London and Zurich for eight years in banking using her business knowledge of French and German. She then retrained, gaining a degree in Nutritional Therapy. During her studies she specialised in nutrient deficiency and its effects on juvenile behaviour and gained a master qualification in Neuro Linguistic Programming, helping people to change their beliefs and behaviour. She helped to set up a nutrition company in London before moving to Switzerland. She has lived in Scotland full time since 2009 where she is now director of Edgerston Trading Ltd, running a farming and shooting estate.
Martin Paisner CBE
Martin is a consultant partner with Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP Solicitors, specialising in the areas of trust and estate planning as well as charity law. Martin is a Board member of several charities including British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Ovarian Cancer Action, Weizmann UK, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee Inc (of New York) and the Royal Court Theatre. He is also an Honorary Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford, King’s College, London and Queen Mary, University of London
Clive joined Mentor as a Trustee in November 2015 with a strong background in finance and management. His professional career began with N M Rothschild & Sons Ltd in London. In 1979 he was appointed a partner with Dominguez & Barry in Australia and became a Member of the Melbourne Stock Exchange in 1980. He was the Founding Executive Director at Dominguez Barry Samuel Montagu Limited and subsequently Head of Capital Markets and Managing Director until 1991 and then CEO of SBC Warburg Dillon Read Australia. In 1998 he was appointed Chairman and CEO for Asia Pacific UBS AG and Member of the Group Managing Board and subsequently Member of the Group Executive Board. In 2003 he moved to Zurich as Group Chief Financial Officer UBS AG until 2008 when he retired from the Board of UBS AG. Mr Standish lives in the UK with his wife Anna and has 8 children.
Professor Harry Sumnall
Harry is Professor of Substance Use at the Centre for Public Health and Liverpool John Moores University, and joined Mentor’s Board of Trustees in June 2015. Harry’s funded research programmes have focused, like much of Mentor’s work, on the evidence base for drug and alcohol misuse prevention, and exploring ways to implement evidence-based preventive practice and policy. His research team at Liverpool John Moores University is currently investigating a number of specialist areas, including: alcohol harm reduction and prevention; quality standards for drug prevention; understanding the factors that contribute to risky behaviours and situations, and young people’s addiction policy. As well as being a Mentor Trustee, Harry is a Board Member of the European Society for Prevention Research and a member of the UK Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, which used Mentor’s ADEPIS resources in its assessment of UK drug prevention interventions. He also reviews a number of journals relating to drug policy, psychopharmacology and substance misuse.